Eldred Geffcken letters
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Eldred Geffcken letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Geffcken, Eldred, 1843-approximately 1925.
Title: Eldred Geffcken letters
Dates: 1910
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1035

Biographical/Historical Note

Eldred Geffcken (1843-ca. 1925) arrived in Savannah, Georgia, in 1850. When the Civil War erupted, he enlisted in the Phoenix Riflemen under Captain G.A. Gordon. Geffcken eventually served under General W.H.T. Walker in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and Tennessee; under General Hood around Nashville; under General N.B. Forrest around Murfreesboro; and joined General Joseph E. Johnston for the battle of Smithfield, North Carolina, and was with the last Confederate forces which surrendered on April 26, 1865, near Greensboro, North Carolina. After the war, Geffcken returned to Savannah and worked for the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad, a job which he held for 46 years until his retirement.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photocopies of two letters. The first letter, written by W.G. Reed to Mabel Geffcken, 1910, includes an account of Lt. Eldred Geffcken (her father) at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain; Reed also references Joseph Derry's history regarding the Civil War and includes a sketch of Geffcken's service record in the Confederate army. In the second letter, George F. Lamback introduces himself to Eldred Geffcken as a former member of Geffcken's Company B and mentioned the reorganization of the troops into the First Regiment.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1862)
Geffcken, Eldred, 1843-approximately 1925.
Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of, Ga., 1864.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from daughter of creator.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Eldred Geffcken letters, MS 1035, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helen Geffcken Woolley, 1974.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: W.G. Reed letter to Miss Mabel Geffcken, 1910 October 17 ( 3.0 p. ) (Photocopy.)
Sent from Savannah. Includes an account of Lt. Eldred Geffcken at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain; reference to Joseph Derry's history re the Civil War; sketch of Eldred Geffcken's service record in the Confederate army (written by someone other than Reed).
Item 2: George F. Lamback letter to Eldred Geffcken, 1910 October 22 ( 2.0 p. ) (Photocopy.)
Sent from Augusta, Georgia. Introduces himself as a former member of Geffcken's Company B; mentions reorganization of the troops into the First Regiment; includes a form (unidentified) which Lamback wants Geffcken to complete before a notary public.